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to wonder who buys actual Neurofen or Anadin and why?

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TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 24-Feb-13 18:44:00

When the brand stuff costs £££££ but the same stuff in a non-name or value box costs 16p?

Why would you? I don't gettit confused

kaytee87 Thu 15-Jun-17 13:40:36

zombie zombie zombie

jarhead123 Thu 15-Jun-17 13:37:28

My manager does. She's thick as mince so thinks they're 'better'

WhiskyChick Thu 15-Jun-17 13:31:53

I buy generic drugs, whatever I can find. Can't believe the mark ups for branded ones. Was ages before I realised that I could just buy paracetamol codeine from the chemist rather than migraleve sad

Squarerouteofsquirrel Thu 15-Jun-17 13:20:11

Thank you Nanny R, I will check them out. Good old mumsnet smile

NannyR Thu 15-Jun-17 13:16:37

squareroute I buy generic paracetamol/aspirin/caffeine tablets that are the same as anadin extra. Boots and Morrison's sell them.

littlemissangrypants Thu 15-Jun-17 13:13:38

whyohwhydoibother I knew it was something along those lines. Frankly I don't get half of what not quite father in law says. Scary clever man and very interesting to listen to. He still gives lectures now. He has an interesting view point on things so I try my best to listen even if I don't totally get everything he says.

Squarerouteofsquirrel Thu 15-Jun-17 13:07:48

I buy anadin because they do paracetamol and aspirin together in one of their products, that mixture works for me on my headaches/migraines. Paracetamol or aspirin ALONE doesnt work.

I used to buy Asda own brand equivalent, but they stopped selling it, so now have to buy Anadin. If anyone knows of similar unbranded cheaper products, then I'm all ears.

Does my head in a bit when people offer me their 16p paracetamols and I have to decline politely, sometimes I explain the above and they look at me as if I have either delusions of grandeur, or as if I'm a bit gullible and dense as your op is suggesting.

RahRahSkirt Thu 15-Jun-17 13:03:03

I always bought Nurofen Plus until the lady in boots told me that their generic ibuprofen/codeine is exactly the same and lots cheaper. It’s identical. It’s All i buy now for myself, but my OH still wants the “real” Nurofen Plus cause he’s so set in his ways. Ridiculous.

Ilovecoleslaw Thu 15-Jun-17 12:59:31

It depends what mood I'm in. Neurofen is 10x easier to swallow for me because they're smaller than other ibroprofen and they're sugar coated so they're really easy to swallow. Whereas if i try the other makes that aren't coated i gag like crazy cause of the taste and freak out. Same with paracetamol, haven't found one i like that's easy to swallow.

blueskyquacking Thu 15-Jun-17 12:54:59

I buy branded ones if I'm doubled over with period pain and can't get further than the corner shop that doesn't sell generic ibuprofen lysine.

whyohwhydoibother Thu 15-Jun-17 12:26:48

littlemissangrypants Viagra was developed to treat Pulmonary Hypertension, not asthma, and aimed initially at teeny babies, it's only when they expanded its use to slightly less teeny men, that they noticed the interesting side effects...

OwlsinTowls Thu 15-Jun-17 11:42:20

I am a 16per.

My OH is a brand-snob who turns his nose up at own-brand/cheap-and-cheerful products.

We couldn't be more different in that regard. I have to do sneaky Lidl shops behind his back

littlemissangrypants Thu 15-Jun-17 10:50:59

Not quite father in law used to work in medicines safety. He buys branded medication. Unbranded is as safe and as strong but he always says that drugs companies only make money while they have patents. Once they run out generic forms of the medication come out and the original company makes nothing more from it as people switch to the cheaper alternative.
The companies have a limited time to make money from each medicine and of course many medicines don't make it out of trials. We want and need drugs companies to fund research and new drugs.
They make huge amounts of money of course but they also take huge risks. Father in law said that when he still worked almost half of all medicines never made it to market or ended up being used to treat something else. He always gives the example of viagara which was originally intended to treat asthma.

Oblomov17 Thu 15-Jun-17 10:39:23

oh and I have tried many others. boots. Tesco. I find them, hard to swallow, not as well coated, or bigger, and totally non effective. so I resort back to my old trusty faithfuls, the old branded. Is it pointless to buy branded?

Oblomov17 Thu 15-Jun-17 10:37:18

watching with interest. I don't know why I buy them. I take them rarely, but when I do, I want the strongest I can get.

Which is the strongest, you can buy? Paracetemol on its own seems to do nothing for me. So I take an anadin and a nurofen together.

What I really want is diclofenac, grinwhich they gave me after both my cs's and I liked that the most.

kali110 Thu 15-Jun-17 10:30:22

Was wondering where all these chemists were that sound 30mg of codeine!

kali110 Thu 15-Jun-17 10:29:47

You'll also not get 30mg codeine over the counter in the uk either. That's prescription only strength.
Just what i said.

crankyhousewife Thu 15-Jun-17 10:00:06

I buy the branded ones as I can't seem to swallow I coated ones. I always used to buy unbranded ones (unbranded Anadin Extra) but then Tesco and Asda stopped coating them and I couldn't swallow them. I'd rather pay the extra than have them stuck in my mouth starting to dissolve.

EightAce Thu 15-Jun-17 09:25:47

@ BelW "there is a significant difference between PARAMOL and CO CODAMOL. Both contain 500mg of PARACETAMOL and both contain CODEINE however with the two types of CODEINE are very different. CO CODAMOL contains CODEINE PHOSPATE which is a very weak opioid and PARAMOL contains CODEINE TARTATE which when in the body breaks down metabolically to MORPHINE a very strong opioid. Both 30mg"

No. Codeine is codeine regardless of the salt it's used as - this may have a tiny effect in solubility but little else. Codeine Phosphate and Codeine Tartrate are both converted by the liver to morphene, so there really isn't a difference betweencodeine tartrate and codeine phosphate

You'll also not get 30mg codeine over the counter in the uk either. That's prescription only strength.

An equivalent dose of codeine may have different mg weights depending on the salt, a tartrate will look like more as the tartrate is heavier than the phosphate (similarly to how Ibuprofen lysine is 342 mg but Ibuprofen is 200mg - the weight of the active ingredient is the same.

MacarenaFerreiro Thu 15-Jun-17 07:49:01

The only time we've ever bought Nurofen was as hungover students when we needed pain killers and we could barely drag ourselves to the garage across the street, never mind hunt out a supermarket.

Agree that the generic is every bit as good. We pay something like 16p for paracetamol and 25p for ibuprofen.

Hospitals use generics too - I was discharged after major abdominal surgery with generic cocodamol and ibuprofen, not Nurofen and other branded painkillers.

KeepSmiling83 Thu 15-Jun-17 07:38:40

I buy the no name brand for myself but I do buy nurofen medicine for my DDs. The reason is that they like the strawberry flavour and so will happily have it when needed whereas the chemist's own brand is a different flavour and they won't touch it!

WhatToDoAboutThis2017 Thu 15-Jun-17 00:46:02

IamHereButAreYouThere Oh roght, thanks! I'll try them in future as I need them to work fast if they have a chance at working at all.

AdoraBell Thu 15-Jun-17 00:43:26

I bought their pain relief gel recently but only because the pharmacist said it is actually better than the Boots version. The rest of what I bought that day was Boots versions.

I really woke up to the price difference while living overseas and getting antibiotics for the toddler DDs. £70 for the prescribed brand and the pharmacist suggested a generic alternative that was only £40.

IamHereButAreYouThere Thu 15-Jun-17 00:40:25

@WhatToDoAboutThis2017 I think the dispersible stuff gets into your bloodstream quicker. When I get paracetamol (on its own or with codeine or caffeine) I always get dispersible ones.

IamHereButAreYouThere Thu 15-Jun-17 00:38:31

I buy generic cheap ones unless I need a stronger painkiller then I get solphadeine max which I think is the strongest otc available.

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